Somaliland: Parliament Retains Two Thirds Votes Law to Oust a Mayor

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Clerk to Somaliland parliament Abdirizaq Ayanle reads the law232002 ammendment motion watched by house speakers in background

By: Latifa Yusuf Masai

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Plans by a number of legislators to change laws governing the ouster of local council chiefs in Somaliland has failed.
The move mooted by some members of parliament to have the house of representatives to amend laws thence give local council power to dispose a mayor through a one vote majority as opposed to current two thirds was defeated at a session of the house chaired by Speaker Abdirahman Irro assisted by his #1 Deputy Bashe Mohamed Farah.
To facilitate debate on the move to have legislators amend the Somaliland regional and district administrations Law #23/2002 clerk to the house Abdirizaq Saeed Ayanle said that the motion was apt having satisfied dictates of the parliamentary by-law 45 section 4.
After debate and subsequent vote (hand raised) speaker Irro informed that the motion to have Law #23/2002 administrations amended had failed after counted votes returned 25 against and 21 ayes while six abstained.

Speaker of somaliland parliament Abdirahman Irro flanked by hos 2 deputies L R Mohamed Bashe and Dr Ali Yusuf
With the largest local council, Hargeisa, having a membership of 25 followed by Burao, Borame, Erigavo and Las Anod composed of 21 councillors with the rest being of 17 and 13 respectively the defeated motion wanted to give 11 and 7 members powers to dispose of their leader at any special session.

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